GEOGRAPHY AND LANGUAGES
So far we have grouped languages by family units. Geographical distribution now claims our attention. What languages are current in each of the political divisions of the various continents? What secondary, auxiliary or colonial languages may we expect to be able to use, if a country's primary national tongue is not available to us? In dealing with the geographical problem, we shall find it convenient to take the world's pre-war political arrangement, regardless of military occupations, even those that occurred prior to the actual outbreak of hostilities, such as Germany's seizure of CzechoSlovakia.
| Canada (including|
English, with perhaps 3,000,000|
French speakers located primar-
ily in the Province of Quebec,
and to some extent in Ontario;
most of them can be reached
|U. S. A.||132,000,000||English.|
English serves the purpose practically everywhere in North America, save in Greenland (Danish), Mexico (Spanish),
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Publication information: Book title: Languages for War and Peace. Contributors: Mario A. Pei - Author. Publisher: S.F. Vanni. Place of publication: New York. Publication year: 1943. Page number: 41.